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Commander Task Group Afghanistan

Brigadier Michael Prictor

Military Portrait of Brigadier Michael Prictor

Brigadier Michael (Mick) Prictor is the Commander Task Group Afghanistan, and commands all Australian forces committed to the Resolute Support Mission.

Brigadier Prictor enlisted into the Army in 1983 and served as an infantryman and section commander in 8/9 RAR. In 1989, he graduated from the Royal Military College-Duntroon and was appointed to the Army Aviation Corps.

As a junior officer he was trained as a Black Hawk pilot. He served in 5th Aviation Regiment as an Airmobile Troop Commander and as Assistant S-3, Headquarters 3rd Brigade. From 1997 to 1999 he served on exchange duty with the US Army's 82nd Airborne Division, including counter-drug operations with JTF-6, and secondment to HQ US CENTCOM during Op DESERT THUNDER. For his contributions to unit operations, he was awarded the US Meritorious Service Medal.

As a Major he served in Force Development Group and deployed with the Australian-led International Force East Timor in 1999. In 2002-03 he commanded a special operations Black Hawk squadron, and led Aviation Task Groups in support of UNMISET in East Timor and domestic counter-terrorism security. In 2004 he was promoted as the J5 (Plans) Deployable Joint Force Headquarters and deployed to Sumatra as Chief of Operations for the ADF's response to the Asian tsunami. As Commanding Officer 5th Aviation Regiment in 2006-07, he deployed Task Groups for operations in Pakistan, the Solomon Islands, East Timor, and Afghanistan. In 2006-07 he commanded the CH-47 Task Group as part of TF Knight Hawk (10th Mountain Division) in Kandahar.

In 2008 he was promoted as J53, Joint Operations Command. He led the security transition for Australian Embassy Baghdad, and was assigned to ISAF as lead planner for the transition of TF URUZGAN from Dutch to US/AUS leadership. In 2010/2011, he served with 10th Mountain Division in Regional Command (South) as the Chief-ANSF Development, responsible for capacity building with the Afghan Army and Police, for which he was awarded the US Bronze Star Medal.

In July 2012 he was promoted to Brigadier and appointed as Director General Training and Doctrine, responsible for the Army training continuum. In December 2013 he was appointed Commander 16th Aviation Brigade, commanding all of the Army's combat and special operations aviation units. In November 2016 he was appointed as Commander Task Group Afghanistan (TG 633.6), commanding all Australian forces contributing to the NATO Resolute Support Mission.

He is a graduate of the Infantry Officer's Advanced Course, Command and Staff College and the United States Army War College Class of AY2012. He has a Bachelors degree in Management, a Masters Degree in Management, and a Masters Degree in Strategic Studies. As an aviator he has more than 2500 hours of flight experience in the Sikorsky Black Hawk and the Airbus MRH-90. He is married to Robyn and has two adult daughters, Lauren and Jessica.